Response to Grace

Matthew 22:1-14 Boy, Pastor Mike picked a good time to go away. He swears he doesn’t look at the texts before he puts our preaching schedule together… I’m not convinced… As with our texts from last week, our readings for today, speak to violence, murder, and division, and of expectations, of who is in and … More Response to Grace

Bearing Fruit

Matthew 21:33-46 Anyone else want to preach on this weekends Gospel??? Not an easy message from the mouth of Jesus… A landowner, who provides what appears to be a pretty nice place to live: safe, a fence and a watchtower for protection, and land that provides both work and food. And then, the tenants, ungrateful … More Bearing Fruit

A look at our sins

Matthew 18:15-20 In our Gospel reading for today, at the hand of Matthew, Jesus provides us with a message about sin… specifically sin committed by a disciple (a brother or sister in Christ), and what we are to do, as individuals and as a church community, when that sin is directed towards another disciple, another … More A look at our sins

A Firm Foundation

Matthew 16:13-20 When pastors undergo some form of tragedy, it is both written and unwritten practice for their bishop to step into the picture, at times overseeing things more so than others. With this, when our synod bishop, Bishop Dunlop, called me on the phone shortly after Olivia’s death and told me that we needed … More A Firm Foundation

Fear vs. Faith

Matthew 14:22-23 Our Gospel reading for today, maybe more so than anything else, raises the topic of fear vs. faith…  Of how we as the followers of Christ maintain our faith even in the midst of life’s most fearful moments. Contextually, today’s Gospel takes place immediately after Jesus’ feeding of the five thousand, and just … More Fear vs. Faith